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About Libby's Cafe & Bar

Lively and casually sophisticated Libby's Cafe + Bar has won over the hearts and palates of Sarasota diners and visitors since opening in October 2008. Its Modern American cuisine includes creative Asian and Italian influences with small and large plate options. Whether it’s enjoying a Happy Hour special, lunch, Sunday Brunch, dinner or a special occasion event in the private dining room, value, quality and service consistency is paramount for this family owned café that thrives on genuine hospitality.

1917 South Osprey Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34239
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Daily 4:00pm-Close;
Sunday Brunch 10:30-4:00;
Happy Hour Daily 4-7pm;
Live Music Thursday's and Friday's 6pm-9pm

Cross Street:
Hillview Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 487-7300

Website:
http://www.tableseide.com/libbys-cafe-and-bar

Entertainment:
Thursday and Friday Nights 6pm-9pm Live Entertainment in the L Bar

Catering:
Choose from three different menus based on price, bar and event or customize your own private dinner or special celebration; private dining rooms available on-site

Parking Details:
Complimentary on-street and parking lot across the street every day

Public Transit:
Within 1 block

Executive Chef:
Fran Casciato

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private dining rooms are available with varied menu options to customized events based on interest and budget

Private Dining

Private dining rooms offering casual elegance for 10-100 are available for business meetings, social and special event functions as well as holiday and bridal parties. Choose from a variety of off-the-menu options or custom orders, delivered with the highest quality ingredients and service.

Libby's Cafe & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (40)
Special Occasion (37)
Creative Cuisine (28)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Casual (22)
Good for Groups (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Business Meals (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Authentic (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
Cozy (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (11)
Healthy (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Romantic (11)
People Watching (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Seasonal (5)
Tapas (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great Beer (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food! Great place for a ladies lunch.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely place. Food was very tasty. Price excellent. Relaxed, plenty of time to eat, talk and get to the theater. Waiter could have been a little more attentive

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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Table requested was not available. Sat us in main dining room which was very noisy. They were kind enough to move us to a window table when I asked after seeing one being cleaned. Food was very good. Waitress was the best! Very attentive.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was delicious! The staff was very accommodating and polite. We will definitely go back again! The mussels were to die for... compliments to the chef!

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was great except the noise level. I couldn't hold a great conversation with my date.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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·Dined 5 days ago

Some of the best food we've had in Sarasota. Excellent service. Nice to eat outside too.

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 5 days ago

I recently re-connected with a former girl friend, and i wished to make Valentine's Day evening special. I chose the Rose Package to supplement dinner. Best move ever.
The lady arrived first, and was so impressed that wine and roses were at the table waiting for her.
Service by John, and his recommendations for dinner were spot on delicious.
Excellent evening, and thanks to Libby's staff and menu selections provided.

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 (Columbus)·Dined 5 days ago

Very nice Valentine dinner. Gracious server prompt service. Wide range of options low price to more expensive. Out door seating very nice on a warm night. Restroom(womam) needed some service... floor sticky

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Libby's use to be our " local" go to place. Disappointed food has gone down hill the last year.
Had their Grouper Sandwich this week ..Grouper was old, tuff and you chewy, Being a local there is no reason to serve old fish...sorry.. Still love the place but finding it now to be hit or miss place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We love to go to Libby’s and like it even more when we introduce friends to it for the first time and they absolutely LOVE IT!!
The food was delicious... we were there at 7:30 on a Sunday evening so the restaurant was definitely slowing down, that being said I felt the server was a little scattered, she didn’t open our wine (to allow it to chill until dinner arrived) however then did not return until we flagged someone down and we were 1/2 way thru our meal and the same with one of our desserts never arrived she did remove it from the bill.
So that’s the reason for the 3 star service

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our waitress Jessica was outstanding. The kitchen made a mistake that she caught even before we knew it happened. Great work

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fun and friendly, a bowl of water for our dogs was delivered to outdoor table without even asking. The Buffalo Cauliflower was outstanding. We both had grilled grouper and it was served quickly and was delicious. Libby’s is a fun place to people watch and is one of our favorite places to visit when we’re in the city.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our waitress simply forgot to pass our order to the kitchen. After 40 minutes wait when we inquired she told us that 'they were very busy". After an additional wait we contacted the manager and found out. We left without eating. (By the way it was lunch time and the restaurant was half empty). So the above ratings do nor apply

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We go to Libby's 2-3 times/year. They always provide very good food, and friendly and efficient service. It can be noisy as the bar scene is vibrant, and this last time the hostess tried to put us in a booth back by the kitchen when there were many better alternatives.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

We have only eaten small plates outside at the sidewalk cafe, and it is extremely;pleasant. On a warm evening, t is our place to go for very tasty food and nice service.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 7, 2018

If this had been our first dining experience at Libby’s, we wouldn’t go back. Unfortunate because the location and atmosphere are great and I wanted it to be good! I had to get up to ask for our waiter (we waited over 10 minutes with no sign of anyone waiting our table) and the meal was average. We were three friends dining out. My meal (surf and turf over grilled romaine) the beef was not medium rare as ordered and was a cheap, tough and tasteless. Shrimp was okay. At $26 - above average cost, I would have expected better. So, overall disappointed and with so many options out there, it may be a while before I go back. Let’s just hope it was an ‘off night’ and not the norm.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We arrived late for our reservation because of traffic but were seated right away as there were several tables available. The food was excellent. We will return again to try dinner sometime.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Family in visiting

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 (Glasgow)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I dined at Libby’s Cafe while on a short winter getaway to Sarasota. We were looking for casual dining with great seafood and lots of healthy choices plus a great wine list. We were not disappointed. We ordered a spasta dish made from spaghetti squash and a vegetable marinara and a grilled vegetable salad. We added shrimp to one and scallops to the other dish. Both dishes were very tasty. We felt so jubilant for eating clean that we finished the meal with the key lime pie!

Our server was delightful and was very informative. Libby’s also trained their bus staff who stopped at our table several times to ask us how the meal was and to inquire whether they could get us anything. It was a very nice touch. We will definitely return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Always enjoy this restaurant.Great menu and ambiance. On a warm evening you can sit outside or by the open doors.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had the Early Bird Specials, very good crusted grouper. Wine and food very tasty, early bird portion just right for us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was good ! I really enjoyed the fish special! My cocktail was very good!!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent service! Great food. Very enjoyable.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I haven't eaten at Libby's for several years, and was very pleased with my lunch. I ordered the sweet potatoe noodles, and this dish was delicious and filling. My friends ordered the wedge salad (beautifully presented) and tacos. We were all happy with our food, and the service was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toledo)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Fun and comfortable. Food was very good. Service was very attentive and welcoming. Noise level a little high probably due to room acoustics.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Waiter was friendly and attentive. Libby’s is very consistent with quality food at reasonable prices.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Libby’s is a pleasant and rather upscale place with good and interesting food. Our service was a little abrupt but not rude. I’m going back and have enjoyed it quite a few times.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was wonderful. Ambience good though a bit noisy. Waiter definitely having a bad day, didn't know wines, didn't know dish ingredients but more importantly didn't care. Food runners thou were great!!! Probably a bad night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food is always fantastic.The buffalo cauliflower is absolutely amazing. Don't love the atmosphere; too dark and gloomy. Service isn't terrible but definite room for improvement. Took awhile to get our entrees. Wish we could get Libby's menu in Louis Modern atmosphere. That would be the perfect combo!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Decent food, nice ambiance and good service.
Lackluster, wildly ordinary desserts.
Still one of the better spots in Sarasota.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Wonderful flavors and presentation. Excellent service. We loved it!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 20, 2018

First time we've been to Libby's, our waiter Joe was superb as was the food. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was just OK. Fish had too much salt. Service was very good.
Ambiance was good.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was poor, waiter Russell was not attentive, enthused or personable. Entrees were overpriced. Drink service was slow and had to request the bill twice.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food, decent service, nice interior. The only thing preventing a 5 star rating is how crazy-noisy it was. The place was full and it has a metal ceiling. Conversation was difficult for a group of cousins who wanted to catch up with each other. The food preparations are inventive and well done.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Yet another wonderful dining experience at my favorite restaurant! The cedar plank salmon was delicious and the mango sorbet was the best sorbet I’ve ever had!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 18, 2018

excellent service!!!!!!! Food at early dining was plentiful and beautifully prepared

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We dine at Libby’s several times during the winter season. They’ve never let us down.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great new menu since we were there last- seafood was delicious.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Libbys is a favorite of ours and is always great for a meal with friends. Foods is yummy, service is cordial and efficient and we love the vibe. This visit was great as usual!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch
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